Martin Allen has sprung a surprise by naming Mauro Vilhete in midfield in place of Keanu Marsh-Brown for this afternoon's season opener at Chester.

Bondz N'Gala was preferred to Jack Saville at centre-half and Lee Cook is handed a debut on the left-hand side of midfield, with the rest of the side picking itself. 

Chester line up in a 4-3-3 system, with striker Craig Hobson flanked by Craig Mahon and Peter Winn. New signings Freddy Hall, Chris Iwelumo, John Disney and Sean McConville start among the substitutes. 

Barnet: Stack; Yiadom, Stephens, N’Gala, Johnson; Vilhete, Weston, Togwell, Cook; MacDonald, Akinde.

Subs: Saville, Muggleton, Marsh-Brown, Luisma, Nurse.

Chester: Worsnop; Taylor, Brown, Charnock, Roberts; Harrison, Rooney, James; Mahon, Hobson, Winn.

Subs: Hall (GK), Disney, Iwelumo, McConville, Menagh.